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The Reading Life with Robin Roberts and Leslie Wade

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This week on The Reading Life: We roll into Carnival season with Robin Roberts and Leslie Wade, who, along with Frank de Caro, are the authors of “Downtown Mardi Gras: New Carnival Practices in Post-Katrina New Orleans.”

Here’s what’s on tap in the literary life this week

Here in New Orleans:

  • Historian Edward J. Branley will discuss “How the New Orleans Lakefront Airport Helped Win the War,” Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 7 p.m. at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie, as part of the meeting of the library’s World War II Discussion Group.
  • The Garden District Book Shop discusses “The Lost Girls of Paris,” by Pam Jenoff, Wednesday, January 8, at 6 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop.
  • Daniel José Older signs “Shadowshaper Legacy,” Wednesday, January 8, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books.
  • The Saturday Writers’ Clinic for January features voiceover artist Michael Ziants who will discuss the art of making an audiobook at 9:30 a.m.; followed by local author Stephen Rea, who will focus on how to create characters who have depth, at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 18,at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.
  • And One Book One New Orleans has announced its 2020 selection: “New Orleans Griot: The Tom Dent Reader,” edited by Kalamu ya Salaam and published by UNO Press. Put that at the top of your list for the New Year.
The Reading Life in 2010, Susan Larson was the book editor for The New Orleans Times-Picayune from 1988-2009. She has served on the boards of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival and the New Orleans Public Library. She is the founder of the New Orleans chapter of the Women's National Book Association, which presents the annual Diana Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction.. In 2007, she received the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities lifetime achievement award for her contributions to the literary community. She is also the author of The Booklover's Guide to New Orleans. If you run into her in a local bookstore or library, she'll be happy to suggest something you should read. She thinks New Orleans is the best literary town in the world, and she reads about a book a day.